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Can I Get the Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance If I Attend a Foreign School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

I was looking at medical schools abroad, and found one in London that may be suited for me. I was wondering if the Post 9/11 GI Bill covers international schools, and if a housing allowance is included in the benefits. If so is there a cap on the amount of tuition the benefits will cover? Are there yellow ribbon programs abroad as well?

No there are no Yellow Ribbon programs overseas that I know of. The Post 9/11 GI Bill does cover some foreign schools if they have taken the steps to get their programs and school VA-approved. Full-time students using their Post 9/11 GI Bill to attend a foreign school get a fixed monthly housing allowance of $1,348.84 per month.

Effective August 1, 2011, foreign school students will fall under the private school tuition/fees cap as part of the GI Bill 2.1 changes. Now tuition and eligible fees will be capped at $17,500 per year instead of the $439.69 per credit that was in effect before the change took effect. You will also still be eligible for the book stipend which is up to $1,000 per year.

To check and see if your school is VA-approved, go to the Weam’s school search program on the VA website and type in the name of your school. Then under the country button, select the United Kingdom from the drop-down menu. Click on the Submit button. You should get a list of VA-approved schools in the United Kingdom. If your school is not listed, contact your school and see if they would be willing to submit the required paperwork for approval. This document instructs them what they have to submit.

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